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Thursday Morning Reviews (0 Comments) (link)
 Thursday, 18-April-2019  00:59:50 (GMT +10) - by Agg

Motherboard & CPU:
MSI MEG Z390 Godlike Motherboard on eTeknix.
Intel Core i5-9400F vs. AMD Ryzen 5 2600X on TechSpot.
Aorus Z390 Xtreme Waterforce Motherboard on HWAsylum.

Cooling:
Cougar Vortex RGB HPB 120 PWM HDB Cooling Kit on Tweaktown.
Alphacool Eisbaer Extreme Black Edition CPU cooler on TechPowerUp.
Antec Mercury RGB 360 AIO Liquid CPU Cooler on NikKTech.
Enermax LiqTech II 280 CPU cooler on OCInside.

Cases:
Corsair Carbide 678C on Modders-Inc.
Fractal Design Meshify S2 on ThinkComputers.
NZXT H500 Overwatch Special Edition on Guru3D.
Thermaltake Level 20 GT RGB Plus Edition Full Tower on FunkyKit.

Audio Visual:
Antlion Breaks Free: ModMic Wireless microphone on Techgage.
Reolink RLC-422 PoE Dome Camera on Tweaktown.

Storage:
Toshiba Canvio Ready 4TB USB 3.0 Portable Hard Drive on NikKTech.
Western Digital WD Blue 512GB M.2 NVMe SSD on eTeknix.
Silicon Power A56 256GB SATA III SSD on FunkyKit.

Portable & Prebuilt:
Maingear Vybe 2019 Review: Fast, Quiet, Clean prebuilt PC on HotHardware.
Team Group T-Force Xtreem Gaming DDR4 3866 MHz memory on TechPowerUp.
Gigabyte GeForce GTX 1660 Ti Gaming OC video cards on Guru3D.



Monday Lunchtime Reviews (0 Comments) (link)
 Monday, 15-April-2019  12:21:41 (GMT +10) - by Agg

Motherboard & CPU:
Gigabyte Z390 Designare Review: A Motherboard For Creative Pros on HotHardware.
ASUS Rampage VI Extreme Omega Motherboard on Tweaktown.
Ryzen 5 2600X vs. Ryzen 7 1700 on TechSpot.
ASRock B450 Steel Legend Motherboard on ThinkComputers.

Cases:
FSP CMT520 Plus on APHNetworks.
Cooler Master MasterCase SL600M on APHNetworks.

Cooling:
ASUS ROG Ryujin 240 CPU cooler on Vortez.
Noctua NH-U12A CPU Cooler on NikKTech.
ID-Cooling ZF-12025-RGB TRIO Fan on Tweaktown.

Video Cards:
ASUS GeForce RTX 2080 Ti Matrix 11 GB on TechPowerUp.
Gigabyte GTX 1660 Ti Gaming OC 6GB on FunkyKit.
GIGABYTE GEFORCE(R) GTX 1660 GAMING OC 6G on Technoyard.
Zotac GeForce GTX 1660 Twin Fan on Guru3D.

Input Etc:
ASUS TUF Gaming K7 Optical-Mech IP56 Gaming Keyboard on eTeknix.
Razer Goliathus Control & Speed mousepad on TechPowerUp.
Steelseries Rival 600 Gaming Mouse on eTeknix.

Software:
Anno 1800: Open Beta PC graphics performance benchmark on Guru3D.
The Division 2 on OCClub.



Misc Pics (23 Comments) (link)
 Friday, 12-April-2019  14:31:13 (GMT +10) - by Agg

Friday again!









Thursday Afternoon Reviews (1 Comments) (link)
 Thursday, 11-April-2019  13:21:03 (GMT +10) - by Agg

Portable & Prebuilt:
Alienware Area-51m Review: Desktop-Class, Upgradeable Elegance laptop on HotHardware.
ASUS ROG Strix SCAR II GL504GV gaming laptop on Vortez.

Motherboard & CPU:
ASRock B450M Steel Legend Motherboard on OCInside.
ASRock Z390 Phantom Gaming 9 Motherboard on FunkyKit.
Biostar A10N-8800E Mini-ITX board on TechPowerUp.

Storage:
WD Blue SN500 250GB on LanOC.
Team Group MP34 M.2 NVMe SSD 512 GB on TechPowerUp.
LaCie 2Big RAID Desktop Storage on Tweaktown.
WD Blue SN500 NVMe 250GB SSD on Tweaktown.
MyDigitalSSD BPX Pro 2TB SSD on Tweaktown.

Memory:
Geil Super Luce RGB 16GB DDR4 on OCClub.
Corsair Dominator Platinum RGB DDR4-3200 32GB Kit on Tweaktown.

Input Etc:
Cooler Master CK530 Gaming Keyboard on ThinkComputers.
Thermaltake Level 20 RGB Titanium keyboard on Vortez.
ASUS RoG STRIX Scope RGB Mechanical Gaming Keyboard on eTeknix.

Cooling:
Enermax AQUAFUSION 240 AIO RGB Sync CPU cooler on Modders-Inc.
SilentiumPC Navis RGB 280 AIO Liquid CPU Cooler on NikKTech.

Video Cards:
The RTX 2080 vs. the GTX 1080 Ti in VR on BabelTechReviews.
MSI GeForce GTX 1660 Ventus XS 6 GB on TechPowerUp.
Five Years Later: Revisiting the GeForce GTX 970 on TechSpot.
PowerColor RedDevil RX590 on eTeknix.

Audio Visual:
PDP's LVL 50 wireless headset on TechReport.
Swann Wi-Fi Series Outdoor Camera on Tweaktown.

Misc:
Seasonic S12III 500W Power Supply on APHNetworks.
Ewin Racing Flash gaming chair on DVHardware.
Corsair Carbide 275Q case on Guru3D.



Tuesday Afternoon (23 Comments) (link)
 Tuesday, 9-April-2019  17:39:00 (GMT +10) - by Agg

I noticed uTorrent was running some ancient version on this PC today so hit the upgrade button, and boy was that a mistake. It silently installed some "web companion" app and changed my default search/homepage to Bing, all without prompting or requiring permission at any point. Nasty. Switched to qBittorrent which seems to be basically the old uTorrent interface without the included dodginess.

I broadly try to avoid politics but a couple of people pointed out this website laying out Labor's NBN plan. It's the usual adversarial "the other guys did it wrong, we'll do it right" type political stuff but in this particular instance it's true that one side had what seemed like a fairly decent plan which was almost deliberately mangled by the other side after they got in. So, take it with a grain of salt but read it if you're interested.

Still on politics, there's an interesting opinion piece here on news.com.au about Russia's alleged influence on American politics via social media - and the possibility of it occurring in Australia. Last year, researchers Tom Sear and Michael Jensen published a report for The Conversation finding that around 5000 of the tweets published by accounts operated by Russia’s Internet Research Agency mentioned Australia, MH17, or the Australian politics hashtag #AusPol. The activity involving Australia increased when our government responded to the downing of MH17 and once again when Australian fighter aircraft were flying over Syria.

Axe sent word that a DOOM speedrun world record has been broken after 20 years. One quirk of the original DOOM was the in-game timer that you see at the end of every level. Rather than rounding up or rounding up or down on the precise time a level was finished, the game always rounds down, regardless. Now if you're dealing with a larger level or a speedrun of a full game, that's not a big deal. But what if you're doing a speedrun of a very specific level - a level that takes nine seconds at most to complete? Discussion here.

CNBC checked out the US Army's hololens-based visor for soldiers. Many features will be recognised by FPS gamers. The whole experience felt natural to me, as I’ve played lots of first-person shooter video games that show me exactly where I am on a map, where my teammates are and where the enemy is. It was almost like a real-life game of “Call of Duty.” But IVAS goes even further. It can also be used for thermal imaging.

SanDisk have announced a 1TB microSDXC card. Crazy. For that money, you get that insane amount of storage for whatever it is you want to store with read speeds of up to 160MB/s (and write of up to 90MB/s). This is thanks to Western Digital's advancements in fast flash technology.

I didn't even know regular LANs were still a thing, but if you're in Perth, RFLAN #63 is on this weekend. RFLAN regularly run LAN gaming events where ticket holders can bring their own PC and register to join in on our tournaments. This is a fantastic way to come socialise, meet new people, win prizes and have some fun.



Monday Afternoon Reviews (0 Comments) (link)
 Monday, 8-April-2019  14:08:14 (GMT +10) - by Agg

Motherboard & CPU:
ASRock B450 Steel Legend on Vortez.
ASUS ROG Zenith Extreme Alpha on Bjorn3D.
Intel Xeon Cascade Lake Running Even Faster With Clear Linux on Phoronix.
ASRock B365M Phantom Gaming 4 on FunkyKit.
GIGABYTE X299 Aorus Master (Intel X299) Motherboard on Tweaktown.

Cases:
SilverStone Lucid LD01 Reader Review on OCinside.
Cooler Master MasterBox NR400 & NR600 on OCClub.
be quiet! Silent Base 601 Window Mid-Tower on NikKTech.
Dr Zaber Sentry 2.0 on LanOC.
Cooler Master MasterBox Q500L on OC3D.

Input Etc:
SteelSeries Stratus Duo Gamepad on MadShrimps.
Cooler Master MK850 keyboard on Guru3D.
Cooler Master CM310 mouse on TechPowerUp.
Cherry MX Board 1.0 TKL keyboard on TechPowerUp.

Power Supply:
FSP Hydro PTM 650 W on TechPowerUp.
SilverStone Nightjar NJ450-SX on Anandtech.

Audio Visual:
V-MODA BassFit Wireless Bluetooth Earphones on APHNetworks.
Logitech G432 7.1 Surround Sound Gaming Headset on Vortez.
Logitech G - G933s Wireless 7.1 Surround LightSync Gaming Headset on FunkyKit.
Steelseries Arctis 7 Lossless Wireless Gaming Headset on eTeknix.

Storage:
Samsung EVO Plus 512GB MicroSD Card on HotHardware.
Lexar NS200 SSD on Tweaktown.
WD Blue SN500 NVME SSD (250GB) on Guru3D.
WD Black SN750 1TB Solid State Drive on ThinkComputers.

Portable & Prebuilt:
ASUS ROG Strix SCAR II laptop on eTeknix.
AVADirect Section 9 System prebuilt PC on Modders-Inc.
ASUS ROG Zephyrus S laptop on eTeknix.

Misc:
SilverStone LSB02 Multifunction Addressable RGB Control Box on HWAsylum.
GeForce GTX 960 vs. GTX 1660 & RTX 2060 video cards on TechSpot.
Netgear Orbi Pro SRK60 WiFi router on Tweaktown.
DLSS Ultra Performance in Anthem, BFV, FFXV, Metro Exodus, & SotTR on BabelTechReviews.
Silicon Power XPOWER Turbine RGB DDR4-3200 16GB Kit on Tweaktown.Noctua NH-U12A CPU cooler on Vortez.
Arozzi Arena Leggero Star Trek Edition Gaming Desk on NikKTech.



Misc Pics (12 Comments) (link)
 Friday, 5-April-2019  15:19:05 (GMT +10) - by Agg

Thanks to mpot and Simon this week!









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